PHILADELPHIA – Seniors Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) combined to score 46 points and lead the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to a 76-66 Senior Day victory over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) rival Holy Family in a battle of regionally-ranked teams Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Prior to the start of Saturday's tilt, Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee honored the team's three seniors: Alexis, Huggins, and Cory Dean (Danbury, Conn./Danbury).
Alexis—who was recognized before the game for his 2,000th career point on Thursday night—picked up his 12th double-double of the season, racking up 23 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the line. Huggins just missed a double-double with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Gemil Holbrook (Darby, Pa./Roman Catholic) were also in double figures for Philadelphia (21-6, 14-4 CACC)—the seventh-ranked team in the NCAA Division II East Region—with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Both players dished out a team-high five assists.
With the game tied at three, Alexis rattled off seven straight points—as part of a 15-point, 9-rebound half—to give Philadelphia a 10-3 lead with two free throws at the 15:29 mark. After Holy Family (22-5, 16-2 CACC)—number two in the East Region—closed within two (18-16), Philadelphia would go on an 11-3 surge, capped off by two Holbrook triples, to take its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (31-19).
The Tigers got as close as seven over the final 6:32 of the first half when Marvin Crawford hit a 3-pointer to make the score 37-30 with 58 seconds left.
Philadelphia's advantage got trimmed to three points (39-36) at the 16:28 mark of the second half when Isaiah Gans hit from behind the arc. The Rams' response was a 13-6 run that allowed Philadelphia reclaim a 10-point lead (52-42). Huggins scored six of his 16 second-half points during that 3:14 span.
The Rams had to fight off one last Tiger rally to earn the victory and a home game in the first round of the CACC Tournament. Holy Family scored eight points in a row, finished off with a Reggie Charles free throw with 10:25 remaining, to get within a basket (52-50).
Philadelphia played tremendous defense over the next 8:04, forcing Holy Family to miss 10 straight shots and committing two turnovers while shooting 6-of-9 from the field to widen the gap to 67-50. Huggins led the 15-0 run with eight points.
Crawford paced Holy Family with 19 points and Charles added 16 points and seven assists.
Philadelphia shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field, while Holy Family connected on 37.1 percent (23-of-62) for its attempts. The Rams dominated the glass, outrebounding the Tigers 48-31.
Philadelphia wraps up the regular season with a CACC contest against visiting Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.